Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


Joshua Marshall

saxophonist and composer/improviser
Joshua Marshall is an Oakland-based saxophonist and composer/improviser. His work involves architectural innovation, narrativity, systematic improvisatory practice, and live digital media. He has studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker, Zeena Parkins, Butch Rovan, I.M. Harjito, and Steve Adams of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. Joshua has played and/or recorded with Opera Wolf, The Lords of Outland, Architect/Enchantress, Bill Noertker's Moxie, Medium Sized Band, ELL3, Cheer Accident, Josh Allen's Deconstruction Orchestra, Key West, Mister Sister, Ikue Mori, Robocop, the Andrew Weathers Ensemble, Modest Machine, and MDK. His music has been featured in festivals and conferences nationwide, including Providence Pixilerations events, the 2010 International Computer Music Conference and 2013's Outsound Summit. Joshua graduated from Brown University, earning a B.A. through the MEME program, and holds an M.F.A. in music from Mills College.

Joshua has devised several long-form works under the "Mythopoetics" heading, the ambition of which is to unfold abstract narratives in real-time by working within improvisatory systems determined by conceptual constraints particular to the subjects involved. Highlights include Volume II, a series of "Free Jazz Ballets" inspired by Charles Mingus, and Volume IV (Pharaoh Lunaire), which syncretizes a host of trinities (Sanders/Ayler/Coltrane, Webern/Berg/Schoenberg, the Holy Trinity) while repurposing the form of Schoenberg's famed melodrama.

(photo by Christina Yglesias)
Upcoming Events:

Sunday, October 22 2017 7:30 PM
SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30 pm The Actual Trio
John Schott - guitar, Dan Seamans - double bass, John Hanes - drums
8:30 pm Trouble Ensemble
Ernest Larkins, voice, Mia Bella D'Augelli, violin
Rent Romus and Joshua Marshall, saxophones, Jakob Pek, guitar
Andrew Jamieson, piano, Tim DeCillis, drums  More...
Friday, October 27 2017 8:00 PM
Seismic Retrofitters [San Francisco, CA]
Night #3 - Fri. Oct27 at Seismic Retrofitters, 650 Divisadero, SF, CA
Tickets $12 ADVANCE | $15 DOOR
Wolf Eyes
Las Sucias
William Winant Quartet featuring Josh Allen, Joshua Marshall and Aaron Levin
Oracle Plus
and Guerilla Comedy featuring:
- A Wolf Home Companion
- Annick Adelle
- Richard Savate
- Florentina Tanase
Doors 7:45pm, Comedy 8pm-9pm, Music 9pm-midnight  More...
Monday, November 6 2017 9:30 PM
Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
OFJS: Master Drummer Spirit Plays With...Matt Ingalls And Allen/Marshall  More...
CDs on which Joshua Marshall appears:
Noertker's Moxie druidh penumbrae
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: druidh penumbrae
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4175
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4175
Noertker's Moxie Simultaneous Windows (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 3)
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: Simultaneous Windows (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 3)
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4162
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4162
Robocop/Detroit Dead Language, Foreign Bodies
Artist: Robocop/Detroit
Title: Dead Language, Foreign Bodies
Label: Grindcore Karaoke GK#214
Label page on this site: Grindcore Karaoke
Grindcore Karaoke GK#214
The Andrew Weathers Ensemble What Happens When We Stop
Artist: The Andrew Weathers Ensemble
Title: What Happens When We Stop
Label: Full Spectrum Records FS027
Label page on this site: Full Spectrum Records
Full Spectrum Records FS027